What's hot: The shallows are active with trout, redfish and large bluefish. With cooling waters, the action has been steady well into the midday hours. Anglers making long casts will easily locate feeding fish.
Tackle and techniques: Using medium-spinning tackle with a 25-pound fluorocarbon leader, a variety of lures will lead to strikes. Topwater lures have been excellent for all species in 11/2-3 feet. Shallower than 11/2 feet in thicker turtle grass, weedless jigheads with a jerkbait style plastic tail are the best choice. In 3-6 feet, a regular jighead with any plastic tail will get the lure down to where the fish are feeding just above the bottom.
Redfish need to be targeted in 21/2 feet or less. If they are not eating a lure, they will eat a fresh piece of natural bait such as cut pinfish or chunks of ladyfish. Speckled trout are slurping topwater lures with very large fish being caught on every outing. Redfish and trout will be located where there is a mix of seagrass and sand bottom. Bluefish, located in the troughs, have been crushing anything they see and are averaging about 5 pounds. If using a smaller jig, go up in leader size to prevent cutoffs.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.